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Nevada County to pilot 'MyTurn' vaccine scheduling platform
Nevada County will pilot California's MyTurn vaccine notification and scheduling platform.
According to a post from the County of Nevada Facebook page, an "extremely limited" number of appointments will be available as the county tests the system before they expand access in the next days and weeks.
"Our goal is to identify any glitches to ensure that the system runs smoothly," wrote the county on Facebook.
Nevada County residents who have signed up and are currently eligible for a vaccine may get a notification that appointments are available. Those appointments are expected to fill very quickly.
While the public health department is grateful for residents' patience as they test this new system, county officials are encouraging everyone to sign up for the app to be notified of eligibility and open appointments. If you are not eligible for a vaccine yet, the app will notify you when it is your turn to be vaccinated.
The county says more appointments will become available as more vaccine is made available.
For more information, visit myturn.ca.gov or call 866-454-8855 to register.
California county reinstates ban on indoor worship
Santa Clara County has again banned indoor worship services out of coronavirus concerns after briefly permitting them because of a federal court ruling.
The county announced Thursday that it's reinstating the ban a day after the local federal court suspended an earlier order requiring it to permit worship. After the original ruling Monday, the Silicon Valley county of 2 million announced churches could hold indoor services with limited capacity.
Santa Clara County has argued that a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week tossing out a state ban on indoor worship didn't apply because the county's ban on indoor gatherings doesn't target churches.
Kaiser to open up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Sierra College
Kaiser Permanente is opening a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for those in the current distribution tier at Sierra College in Rocklin on Friday.
Kaiser patients who are older than 75 are eligible to receive the vaccine. Health care workers and first responders are also qualified for the treatment. The health care provider expects to give up to 1,500 vaccinations a day at the Sierra College clinic.
Members would be contacted when it’s time for them to schedule an appointment either online or by phone, according to Kaiser Permanente. Those who qualify for the vaccine but are not Kaiser members could call (866) 454-8855.
Sacramento County teachers, childcare workers could be vaccinated as early as next week
Sacramento County is planning to begin to vaccinate teachers and childcare workers starting next week, according to the Twin Rivers Unified School District.
"This is encouraging and will help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 when school reopens," school officials said in a statement.
Twin Rivers Unified School District does not have a reopening date because Sacramento is still in the most restrictive purple tier.
FEMA grant to help open 100 COVID-19 vaccine sites in California
California received $823 million funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] to open up about 104 COVID-19 vaccination sites.
The funding comes from FEMA’S public assistance program that grants government agencies to respond and to recover from disasters and emergencies.
The money will also be used to pay for the transportation, administration of vaccines and to inform the public about the treatment. The state will also be able to use the funding for medical and support staff, PPE and facility costs.
It is not clear when and where the state would the vaccination sites.
1,000 Vaccine appointments filled in less than 24 hours, says Gov. Newsom
Governor Gavin Newsom dropped by a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Natomas this week.
According to a tweet from the governor, the Natomas High School vaccine site is focused on equity and reserved appointments for lower-income residents. The clinic even has translators on site.
Gov. Newsom claims the first 1,000 appointments were filled in less than 24 hours.
State releases latest COVID-19 statistics
On Thursday, the state of California announced a state total of 3,371,556 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There were also 461 deaths reported, bringing the total up to 45,456 deaths.
California's COVID-19 death toll edges past New York
California has edged past New York in the grim statistic of the number of deaths due to COVID-19. Johns Hopkins University data reported Thursday shows California's death toll has reached 45,496, surpassing New York's toll of 45,312.
The development comes as coronavirus trends are showing improvement in California. State Department of Public Health data shows the most recent seven-day test positivity rate has fallen to 4.8% and the daily number of new positive cases is under 8,400, down from well over 53,000 in December.
California, however, is grappling with vaccine shortages that are crippling efforts to inoculate substantial numbers of people.
Solano County hosting second mass vaccination clinic this weekend
Solano County’s second large-scale COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13 at Exposition Hall on the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo.
Vaccinations are available by appointment only for 4,000 Solano County residents who meet the eligibility requirements. This currently includes health care workers, first responders, and Solano County residents over the age of 75.
Los Angeles to shut vaccination sites for lack of supply
Los Angeles is temporarily closing five mass vaccination sites, including Dodger Stadium, because it is running out of doses.
Mayor Eric Garcetti says the city will exhaust its supply of Moderna first doses by Thursday, forcing it to close vaccination sites on Friday and Saturday. Garcetti says L.A. only received 16,000 new doses this week, just 3,000 more than it uses in a typical day.
The announcement came amid complaints over a state vaccine distribution system that one Assemblyman on Wednesday termed “nothing short of chaotic."
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